Three men suspected of being part of a gang behind a string of armed robberies at pubs and a restaurant in Leeds have appeared in court.
As reported in the Yorkshire Evening Post last month, police are investigating links between a string of terrifying raids over the course of about six weeks.
They suspect the same gang - armed with knives and hammers - targeted at least six venues across Leeds, stealing large amounts of cash.
Three men from the Scott Hall and Meanwood areas - Thomas Silverwood, 18, of Potternewton Avenue, Darren Phelan, 36, of Carrholm Road, and Michael Bennett, 38, of Scott Hall Road - appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court charged with conspiring to commit robberies between August 4 and September 15 this year.
The conspiracy charge relates to robberies at The Bridge Inn, in Low Lane, Horsforth, on August 5; The Myrtle Tavern, Parkside Road, Meanwood, on August 16; The Travellers Rest, Hill Top, Armley, on August 19; The Dalesman, Butcher Hill, West Park, on August 25; The Angel Inn, Leeds Road, Rothwell, on August 26; and Gusto Restaurant, in Otley Old Road, Cookridge, on September 4. The charges also relate to three attempted robberies.
The three accused were remanded in custody until September 30.
West Yorkshire Police said a team of detectives was continuing to investigate the robberies and are appealing for information that could assist them in identifying further suspects.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Operation Artery team via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.